Scott takes ac­tion over so­cial me­dia slurs

The West Australian - - AUTUMN RACING - Ernie Man­ning

Chief har­ness rac­ing stew­ard Bar­bara Scott will give writ­ten no­tice of pos­si­ble ac­tion against train­ers and reins­men who have made deroga­tory com­ments about her on so­cial me­dia.

Ste­wards said yes­ter­day they had fined sta­ble­hand Ja­son Hus­ton $1000 af­ter in­quir­ing into im­proper so­cial me­dia com­ments he made in Feb­ru­ary.

“There will be more in this sit­u­a­tion,” Scott said.

“I’ll be send­ing let­ters to li­censed peo­ple who have breached rules through so­cial me­dia com­ments. Train­ers and reins­men will be among those who re­ceive let­ters.”

Rac­ing and Wager­ing WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Burt de­fended Scott from a so­cial me­dia campaign early this year.

In a me­dia state­ment on March 1, Burt said there had been in­ac­cu­rate commentary on so­cial me­dia.

“Ms Scott is not leav­ing her po­si­tion as chief stew­ard of har­ness rac­ing,” he said.

“De­spite some re­cent in­ac­cu­rate commentary on so­cial me­dia, she is not the sub­ject of any in­ves­ti­ga­tion or in­quiry.

“RWWA is de­lighted with Ms Scott’s per­for­mance and ded­i­ca­tion. She has our full sup­port and con­fi­dence. Ac­tion will be taken by RWWA when li­censed per­sons’ con­duct detri­men­tally af­fects the wel­fare and in­tegrity of rac­ing.”

Scott was ap­pointed chief stew­ard at Glouces­ter Park early last year.

Hus­ton, who pleaded guilty to hav­ing made im­proper com­ments about Scott on Feb­ru­ary 24, had $500 of his fine sus­pended on the pro­vi­sion he did not breach RWWA’s so­cial me­dia rules in the next 12 months.

Reins­man Gary Hall has been fined $800 af­ter plead­ing guilty to us­ing an un­ac­cept­able whip ac­tion when driv­ing Lib­erty Rose in the Group 1 WA Oaks (2536m) a fort­night ago.

Picture: Si­mon Mer­ritt/Western Ra­cepix

Black Sab­bath bolts in on de­but for jockey Shaun McGruddy. He runs at As­cot again to­mor­row.

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